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Jeff 'Tain' Watts @ the Jazz Clinic & Concert Series (9/23)

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Drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts will conduct a master class on "Modern Jazz Drumming and Group Improvisation" as part of LIU-Brooklyn Campus Jazz Clinic and Concert Series. The clinics are FREE and OPEN to the general public. They take place on various Tuesdays, from 4:00 - 6:00 PM, in room H-106 of the Humanities Building on Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus.

Jeff "Tain" Watts, voted "Best Drummer" in Modern Drummer Magazine (1988 & 1993), has established himself as one of the most original and influential drummers on today's music scene. Moreover, he holds the distinction of being the only musician to appear on every Grammy Award winning jazz record by both Wynton and Branford Marsalis.

Mr. Watts' formal training began at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, where he was classical percussion major, primarily a timpanist. But it at the Berklee College of Music, where he later enrolled, that he began to hone his style which was to change the face of modern jazz drumming - alongside such luminaries as Branford Marsalis, Kevin Eubanks, Greg Osby, and Marvin "Smitty" Smith.

Mr. Watts left the Berklee College of Music to join the Wynton Marsalis Quartet in 1981, with whom he won three Grammy Awards. After leaving Mr. Marsalis in 1988, he began working with jazz stars such as George Benson, Harry Connick. Jr. and McCoy Tyner, subsequently, joining the Branford Marsalis Quartet in 1989.

While a member of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, Mr. Watts had the opportunity to add some high profile television and film credits to his resume, which included a three-year stint performing as a member of the "Tonight Show" band with Jay Leno, and co-starring in the Spike Lee film "Mo Better Blues" as Rhythm Jones - a fictitious drummer who plays in the band of Denzel Washignton.

After leaving the "Tonight Show", Mr. Watts continued to record and tour with Branford Marsalis as well as Danilo Perez, Michael Brecker, Betty Carter, Kenny Kirkland, Courtney Pine, Geri Allen, Alice Coltrane, Greg Osby, Steve Coleman, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Ravi Coltrane.

In addition to his many performance credits as a sideman, Mr. Watts has an equally impressive track record as a bandleader, which includes five critically-acclaimed CDs:

·     "Folk's Songs" (Dark Key Music 2007)

·     "Detained, Live at the Blue Note" (Half Note 2004)

·     "MegaWatts" (Sunnyside 2003)

·     "Bar Talk" (Sony 2002)

·     "Citizen Tain" (Sony 1999)

 

A true jazz innovator and creative force, Mr. Watts has never failed to deliver the percussive magic that has been his trademark since his emergence on the contemporary jazz scene in the 1980s. Entertainment Weekly says, "Short of visionary, Tain still possesses heat, nuance, maturity, and a bounty of ideas."

STARS ALIGN IN SAN FRANCISCO FOR DOCUMENTARY FILM DEBUT AND CONCERT CELEBRATING ROOTS AND INFLUENCE OF JUG BAND MUSIC

David Grisman- for the Grateful Web

John Sebastian, Jim Kweskin, Geoff Muldaur and More Come Together for the Debut of Chasin' Gus' Ghost on August 25, and "Extravaganza" Concert on August 26.

As part of this year's San Francisco Jug Band Festival, Ezzie Films will debut its documentary on the roots and influence of jug band music.  Chasin' Gus' Ghost, which features performances and commentary by many popular musicians including John Sebastian of the Lovin' Spoonful and the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, will premiere on August 25.  The "Chasin' Gus' Ghost Jug Band Extravaganza" concert will include many of the featured artists and take place on August 26.

What:  Chasin' Gus' Ghost documentary film debut and concert celebrating the history and influence of jug band music.  From 1920s genre innovators Gus Cannon and Cannon's Jug Stompers to the modern Jim Kweskin Jug Band, the film explores every aspect of this influential roots music. The film trailer is available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsELhdJohkA

Who: Hosted by filmmaker Todd Kwait, the concert will showcase popular musicians featured in the film, including John Sebastian, Jim Kweskin, Geoff Muldaur, David Grisman, Fritz Richmond's Barbecue Orchestra and special guests.

When and Where:
Screenings: There will be two screenings of Chasin' Gus' Ghost, at 7:00pm and 9:00pm, on Saturday, August 25 at the Roxie New College Film Center.  Tickets for the screening are $9 each.

The Roxie New College Film Center
3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
http://www.roxie.com

Concert: The Chasin' Gus' Ghost Jug Band Extravaganza takes place at 8:00pm on Sunday, August 26 at the Great American Music Hall.  Tickets are $28 and are available in advance.

The Great American Music Hall
859 O'Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
http://www.gamh.com/artist_pages/jug_band_extravaganza_082607.htm

Benefit Concert for The Humane Society of St. Lucie County

Support your local Humane Society!- for the Grateful Web

The Humane Society of St. Lucie County is holding a benefit celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the 'San Francisco Sound.'  All proceeds will go to spaying/neutering homeless animals.  Artists include, Paul Kantner & Marty Balin (founders of Jefferson Airplane), David Frieberg (co-founder of Quicksilver Messanger Service), Tom Constanten (early Grateful Dead pianist), Slick Aguliar (David Crosby Band), Chris Smith (The Supremes), Prarie Prince (The Tubes), & Diana Mangana (Interpreting the repertories of the legenday Grace Slick).  Plus very special guest Country Joe McDonald of Country Joe and the Fish!

Our own Mike Moran spent two years working for the Boulder Humane Society. Its a very important mission and we hope everyone will consider adopting their next animal instead of going to a petstore.  As Bob Barker always says, "Don't forget to spay and nueter your pets!"

Compassion-In Concert February 11, 2005

International Buddhist Film Festival- for the Grateful Web

A benefit for the International Buddhist Film Festival (IBFF) at Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, CA. Featuring Mickey Hart, Hamza El Din, The Gyuto Monks, Joan Jeanrenaud, and more. 10% of net proceeds to Tsunami disaster relief.

Advance tickets can be purchased by phone at 925.275.9005 and through the IBFF website, www.ibff.org. Tsunami relief information, performers' cds and literature from co-presenting organizations available at the theater.